• Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Explore Turquoise Waters and History at Maramec Spring Park

    Missouri is known for having an abundance of beautiful natural springs. One of these springs can be viewed 90 minutes west of St. Louis at Maramec Spring Park. An area of stunning beauty, the park contains the fifth largest spring in the state. An average of 100 million gallons of water flows from the spring daily into a pool of deep blue water. After being told of the spring and iron deposits in the area by local Native Americans, Thomas…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  Trips

    Best Hikes in Shawnee National Forest

    The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois is one of our favorite areas to explore. You forget anything you ever thought about Illinois’s flat landscape when you view the rugged bluffs, trickling creeks, and dramatic overlooks that can be found in Shawnee. Shawnee has an amazing amount of scenic areas and parks to explore. There are trails available for all ages and abilities from a 1/4 easy trek to a multi-day backpacking adventure. It’s hard to pick our favorite trails,…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  St. Louis

    Explore Mighty Views and Rugged Terrain at Illinois’s Little Grand Canyon

    Arizona is not the only state that can claim a Grand Canyon. Illinois has its own version. While nowhere near as large or as grand, this rugged area is still an amazing sight. Not designed for the beginner hiker, this rough and tumble trail requires you to literally scramble up and down a slick waterfall in and out of a steep ravine. However, the constant stunning views both from above and below the bluffs are well worth the effort. Little…

  • Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Walk Route 66 Over the Mississippi on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

    One of the most unique and longest pedestrian bridges in the world can be found just north of downtown St. Louis. This bridge allows you to get your kicks on Route 66 in two different states. The old Chain of Rocks Bridge was completed in 1929 and spans the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois. The main feature that sets this bridge apart is that there is 22-degree bend midway across the mile long span. When construction began on the…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Follow the Tracks at Al Foster Memorial Trail

    One of the more scenic and easily accessible trails of the Meramec River Valley can be found by following the Al Foster Trail in Wildwood, Missouri. The trail was developed through a partnership between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation, Great Rivers Greenway and the City of Wildwood. Named in honor of Al Foster, a 20th-century journalist and nature photographer, the 8′ wide crushed stone is very popular with both walkers and…